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UK Cabinet Office announces Digital Advisory Board

by Robin Wilton  |  April 25, 2012  |  1 Comment

Today, the UK Cabinet Office (responsible for cross-government administrative strategy and operations) announced the members of the newly-formed Digital Advisory Board. The Board’s role will be to keep an eye on the government’s attempts to deliver better services digitally, and to advise it on how to deliver the highest possible quality of user experience. Very [...]

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Is the word “trust” being subverted?

by Robin Wilton  |  April 20, 2012  |  Comments Off

A couple of things I’ve heard recently make me wonder whether the word “trust” is being used in public discourse in ways that fundamentally undermine its meaning. Consider the following short phrases: “Trust… but verify” “Trusted traveller programme” Neither of these usages is actually that new. The first was made famous by that renowned “communicator”, [...]

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UK ICO “highly unlikely” to enforce law on cookie consent

by Robin Wilton  |  April 13, 2012  |  3 Comments

Last June I blogged about the transposition into UK law of the EU’s e-Privacy Directive, and noted that although the corresponding UK law came into force in May 2011, the UK’s privacy regulator gave firms a further year to¬† “demonstrate progress towards compliance”. That year is almost up. The ICO has now indicated that there [...]

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Do Google ‘get’ privacy yet?

by Robin Wilton  |  March 5, 2012  |  2 Comments

There’s a lot of Twitter traffic currently about whether regulators are right to challenge Google’s recent privacy policy changes. In case you missed it, the key change is that Google will, as of March 1st, retrospectively link the data collected about users across all its different services. Before that, the services were operated under discrete [...]

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GPS tracking and the 4th Amendment (Part 2…)

by Robin Wilton  |  January 27, 2012  |  Comments Off

My colleague Avivah Litan has given her insightful and thought-provoking read on the recent US Supreme Court decision here. Avivah correctly identifies the “opt-in”/”opt-out” dichotomy as a critical element of the discussion. Tracking for law enforcement purposes needs, of course, to be set aside from the debate over user consent… but outside law enforcement – [...]

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Interesting times…

by Robin Wilton  |  January 25, 2012  |  Comments Off

Well, it may have been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, but in the privacy and policy domain it has been quite the opposite. Wikipedia and a number of other sites went dark in protest against SOPA/PIPA; the Feds took down the MegaUpload file-sharing site, alleging violation of piracy laws; Anonymous retaliated by taking down [...]

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EU DP Directive revision slips – but is that good or bad?

by Robin Wilton  |  January 13, 2012  |  Comments Off

Neelie Kroes is Vice-President of the European Commission, and also the Digital Agenda portfolio-holder (in which role she is also responsible for the Commission’s policy direction on cloud computing). Ms Kroes took up these posts in the so-called “Barroso 2″ Commission; prior to that re-shuffle, she was the Competition Commissioner. In that role she oversaw [...]

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New reports: Cross-border Privacy, and Electronic Signature

by Robin Wilton  |  January 4, 2012  |  3 Comments

Happy New Year! On the assumption that you probably had enough to do in December, what with the usual year-end rush and the Christmas break, I didn’t blog about the two new reports of mine that came out in the middle of the month. You can get to them if you have an IT1 subscription… [...]

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UK Councils in two minds over CCTV in taxis

by Robin Wilton  |  December 2, 2011  |  Comments Off

Taxi cabs in Oxford may still have to apply for the rather archaically-named Hackney Carriage Licence, but Oxford City Council reckons it is keeping up with the times: it has decided to require all taxi-drivers in the city to install CCTV in their cabs, as a condition of receiving their licence. The cameras, which must [...]

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Poznan e-Government Conference – an update

by Robin Wilton  |  November 21, 2011  |  Comments Off

Well, it seems I was a little optimistic about relaying the Ministers’ Statement from the e-Gov conference: they did draft one at the conclusion of the Ministerial meeting, but it is going to be published along with a broader release from the EU Council of Ministers (Telecomms subset). I’ve been given the target date for [...]

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